noun (plural aphides /ˈeɪfɪdiːz/)
An aphid, especially one of the genus Aphis (which includes the common greenfly and blackfly).
- The leaf-hopper can be disposed of in the same fashion as the aphides and slugs above mentioned.
- In passing under a tree infested with aphides the drops can be felt like a fine rain.
- Various parasites such as lice, ticks, mites, aphides and chiggers attack untreated and unprotected animals and plants.
Late 18th century: modern Latin, from Greek, perhaps a misreading of koris 'bug' (interpreting the characters κορ 'kor' as αφ 'aph').
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